TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Democrat Party secretary-general Didi Irawadi said that the party will maintain the two presidential terms mandated by the country’s Constitution (Undang Undang/UU).
“For Democrats, the president can only serve two terms, two times for a total of ten years as mandated by the Constitution and that will be maintained,” said Didi at the House of Representatives (DPR) complex on Tuesday.
Didi argues that stretching the maximum duration of a presidential term into three terms, as widely suggested, goes directly against the spirit of Indonesia’s reform that was fought to be established in 1998.
“Democrats are against this plan and refuses the additional presidential term,” he said.
He also asserts that a president’s terms in office must be limited to avoid having one president rule for an extended period of time. Didi also argues that the plan to amend the 1945 Constitution is erroneous the plan is to hand back the power to elect a president back to the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR).
“If the right to elect goes back to the MPR, it is very possible that there is a hidden agenda behind it,” he said.